Thanks for including me in every way and making me feel so welcome as a newcomer
Pat, you were my guardian angel always quietly looking out for me
Pat and Grace worked tirelessly to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations were met
A big thanks to you for making my trip, as a non-rider, very memorable
Grace and Pat go above and beyond to make sure you have a good time
Nothing was too much trouble, their demeanour was always cheery
Knowledgeable, multilingual, always helpful, a great team
Grace is the most organised of guides, no request is too unusual or difficult
You took care of my wife wonderfully… I am grateful and appreciative
Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour
Grace and Pat are remarkable. Thank you so much!
Grace… you are warm, inclusive and infectious in your enthusiasm
Pat and his team did an absolutely brilliant job
Big thanks to Grace & Patrick… we had a Brilliant time
The trip ran like clock work… all we had to worry about was enjoying ourselves
Grace… you are still as efficient and organised as always
Pat’s leadership gave everyone what they needed
Both Pat and Grace have excellent people skills, they build relationships quickly, they were always well organised with itineraries or plans for the day re weather, road changes, or unexpected issues that arose. Hard work from them made our tour of two weeks a dream holiday along with all the extra drama of the biggest cycling race in the world.
A personal story I tell is on day 1 where all riders from the strongest to the weakest went out to wake up.our legs in the hills of Voiron. I was the weakest rider by far…climbing a COL was nothing like the hills at home. Pat saw that I was in trouble and came to the back to support me with my breathing and pedalling to the top. This high standard of care continued throughout the tour. Pat is an expert cyclist as well so he was highly respected by the riders in our bus…many of whom were used to riding in excess of 100 km a day. Pat and his team of guides certainly demonstrated their biking ability and their knowledge of the roads along with a strong sense of safety throughout the tour…even when we were trying to ride back to Bordeaux from St Emilion in rush hour traffic covering a number of lanes. Pat was always aware of our safety.
Grace was the most informed and interesting guide who took care of the non-riders each day. She had done her homework and was able to tell us about the history of the village or area, as well as where to find the best coffee or to help us with phrases of French that we could use to communicate with a real live French person! ÇA VA become my go to greeting after Grace’s teaching. Her knowledge of the areas we visited certainly added to our enjoyment of the tour.
Anybody who is lucky enough to have Pat and Grace in their tour organisation will thoroughly enjoy their trip. Since 2010 we have met up with them again at other events such as the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Their passion for cycling and helping people to achieve their goals is very evident.
I first met Pat and Grace on a cycling tour in Europe in 2013. Pat and Grace make the perfect team to run these types of tours, both are friendly, bubbly and outgoing in their personalities and each bring their own invaluable skills to touring with a group. Grace is the most organised of guides, no request is too unusual or difficult for her to tackle and she always sorts things with a smile on her face. Pat is the ultimate ‘on bike’ cycling guide, his relaxed love of cycling and coffee is combined with incredible cycling skills which he is happy to impart to any cyclist who wants to improve any part of their bike handling.
I would absolutely recommend Pat, Grace and Ride International to anyone considering a cycling holiday.
Wow, two of the greatest tour guides I know. Knowledgeable, multilingual, always helpful, a great team to handle your once in a life time tour. I’ve done at least 4 two-week cycle tours with one or both of this husband wife team. Every one has been extraordinary. You will not go wrong with one of these two as your tour coordinators.
I want to especially thank Grace. You worried about our meals and always had a veggie alternative for us. I know it was extra work for you. You took care of my wife wonderfully and she is as pleased and satisfied with this tour as I am. I am grateful and appreciative.
Grace, it was so nice to meet you and Pat. Thanks for including me in every way and making me feel so welcome as a newcomer. I was not always anticipating what would happen but I really enjoyed the ride and feel so happy to have ridden such a great journey. It was really exciting to experience the Vuelta my first tour so close up and to feel the atmosphere of the small towns where everyone came out and the chaos of the roads. Just wonderful you organised it well and went with the flow and managed changeable situations without drama which made it great.
Big thanks to Grace & Patrick for an absolutely fantastic weekend… we had a Brilliant time.
Grace… you are still as efficient and organised as always.
It is with great pleasure that I advise I had an absolutely terrific time.
From my perspective, everything went very smoothly. Pat got the hire bike fitting right first time – even my Selle Italia seat (which I know can be a bit fiddly). I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Pat and Grace. They worked tirelessly throughout the trip to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations were met. At all times they were pleasant, capable and considerate.
I exceeded my own expectations and have returned home a much more experienced and confident rider. I now feel more confident in my ability to handle the challenges the other Giro outing has to offer.
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip. With such a diverse group of people and wide range of riding ability… Pat and his team did an absolutely brilliant job in helping everyone come away with a massive sense of achievement… Overall, a fantastic experience.
The best thing I found about Grace and Patrick is their willingness to go above and beyond to make sure you have a good time. Grace is a born organiser and Patrick is very knowledgeable when it comes to guiding on a bike. I have been on three separate tours when they have been tour leaders. Their knowledge and their passion showed every single minute. I would recommend their services in every possible way.
I finished the Giro d’Italia trip on Monday, and just wanted to pass on a special thanks for the assistance provided by Grace Fitzpatrick. My return flight out of Milan Malpensa meant I was unable to wait for the group transfer. Grace was able to give me some very good advice on alternate (train) travel to Milan to make my flight connection. She also made a special effort in ensuring I was able to do the final ride into Trieste with the group and still be in a position to get my train transfer to Milan. It’s this kind of effort by Grace that would bring me back.
In a word fantastic, the experience exceeded all my expectations… it was truly great. This whole experience would not have been possible without the fantastic work done by Pat and Grace, they were awesome. Nothing was too much trouble, their demeanour was always cheery and their concern for everyone’s safety when out on the rides was commendable, they made the experience just so enjoyable.
Dear Grace and Patrick,
Just a short email to thank you… this trip provided us with a far greater appreciation of cycling Le Tour than perhaps even we anticipated. Your knowledge and experience, not to mention your love of France and Le Tour will forever provide us with an enriched context when we tune into SBS for coming Tours.
Our aim before booking anything to do with Le Tour was to see and experience Le Tour as it passed through French villages. As we said to Grace, we considered driving ourselves ahead of the tour and overnighting in a village ahead to see it pass through which of course takes 10 minutes; then spending the day exploring the village before moving ahead again to see the finish say in some other village a couple of days later. Clearly, however, I didn’t need the stress levels associated with driving in and around Le Tour. I was so grateful to leave that to Grace.
Grace, you have a great gift. You are warm, inclusive and infectious in your enthusiasm. These gifts do indeed need to be unleashed upon non-cyclist tours for Le Tour… let Grace change cycling appreciation the world over.
Patrick, you are really the gears on the bikes of all those cyclists in your charge. Sometimes it must feel like herding (the very nicest) cats. Admirable to watch.
Thanks again to all of you for our wonderful French experience.
We had a fantastic time. Exceeded our expectations. The group was terrific and Grace & Pat were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!
I just wanted to let you know that the Giro d’Italia and Nove Colli Gran Fondo tour was one of our best trips ever! I concur that Grace & Pat are remarkable. Thank you so much!
The trip ran like clock work, which meant all we had to worry about was enjoying ourselves.
The Giro 2013 experienced challenging weather, yet every morning we were greeted with two smiling, relaxed and eager guides with itinerary updates and ride options for the day. Without Pat and Grace’s leadership the trip would have been difficult, yet it was the best trip I have been on.
We did back to back Tour de France trips and had an amazing time… everything ran smoothly.
I would like to make a special mention to Grace, our non-riding guide. Grace was wonderful, she did absolutely everything she could to ensure everyone’s needs or even just wants were met. I do not know where she gets her energy from. She is an amazing, fun loving and positive person perfect for the job she does.
Our trip leader, Grace Fitzpatrick was brilliant. Hard working and great company – so high energy, very resourceful, always helpful and meeting all contingencies.
Grace was on top of everything, Kudos to her.
What a team! On road, Pat is a fabulous guide, support and mechanic… and he’s great company when you need distracting from an arduous climb.
Off the road, all our needs (and even things we didn’t realise we needed) were catered for with Grace’s amazing hospitality. Both had extensive knowledge and no question was too much.
Can’t thank the two enough for my awesome experience in France.
Pat and Grace were excellent. They had a great attitude for the entire trip. Grace’s organisational skills were excellent. Things like assisting with the check in at each hotel made a huge difference.
The riding we did was outstanding – and giving individuals the freedom to ride as much and as hard as they liked was great. Overall the trip was excellent and I would definitely do another one.
In regards to the trip, we both had a terrific time. I was pleased I could do some rides, but still get to go with the non-riders in the van on other days. Pat and his team of guides were lovely, very encouraging and helpful.
Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour. You and your team certainly exceeded my expectations, not only with the rides but local knowledge which helped make life simple. Clearly for me though it was the way you guys went to great lengths to try and fix my bike in the first instance and coming up with a very nice contingency option which I will enjoy for a number of years to come. Great work!
I would like to thank you very much, we all had a great tour and enjoyed the full trip. In particular, I would like to make mention of Grace and Patrick – they were excellent and each provided a different but unique experience to the tour. Though we planned our trip to be self-guided, we were very lucky to have Patrick leading the rides – without him and his GPS I think you would be still trying to find us. Grace’s knowledge of wines was superb whilst her stewardship kept us all on track. The combination worked particularly well for us with the non-cyclists feeling as much a part of the tour as the cyclists.
I have done many other bike tours where I have had other tour leaders and NOONE stands up to your level of engagement earthiness genuine care and concern.
I would like to send my thanks to all the team on the ground in France; Pat and Grace did a great job and smoothed a couple of minor hiccups fairly well (especially when it was out of their control – e.g, the weather on the day we were to climb Galibier – they organised alternative rides that more than made up for it).
Pat is a fantastic guy, very un-phased & not easily rattled – which is good!
Thanks again for what was definitely a trip of a life time. When people ask me “How was it?” I find myself saying “It was too good!”
Although I was more interested in the ‘cycling’ rather than the ‘Tour de France’, it was great to see the additional ‘buzz’ that the TDF brings to France and to experience this first hand… the guides we had were all awesome and always full of encouragement; it was so nice to be able to travel without any hassles.
Pat you were my guardian angel always quietly looking out for me. Grace, I loved the visits that you organised so well to places like Valence, Foix and Pau when I wasn’t riding and the camaraderie of the other non-riding group.
The guides under Pat’s leadership gave everyone what they needed from a support and guidance perspective. I never heard anyone complain about the guides, and never saw the guides complain about the same question being asked at least 10 times every day… Many thanks for a great trip.
Hi Grace, I’m sure you have everything sorted with all your wiley talents!! Anyway just wanted to say a big thanks to you for making my trip, as a non-rider, very memorable. It was nice to feel part of the tour with our own schedule etc and I know that at times the riders were very jealous of us.
Pat and I have ridden and worked together hosting tours in Switzerland and France over the past few years. He’s a brilliant bike rider that has an amazing eye and brain for analysing the art of cycling and its skills. The attention to detail of his performance bike set ups is brilliant, and the level of on trail analysis, support and feedback he gives riders on their style, skills, body position, line selection and information to improve their cycling is incredible. Pat’s the best cycling skills instructor I have seen in the world and trust me I have seen a few! I even picked up a few tips and tricks. If you really want to improve every aspect of your riding do a session with Pat, he’ll have you flying in no time at all.